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DAC main functions are to give advice on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship; the care and maintenance of church buildings and their contents; and the care and maintenance of churchyards.

For the most part, the DAC advises churchwardens, PCCs and clergy who are planning work to their churches, and advises the Chancellor whether or not a faculty should be granted. This advice is given on a voluntary basis by members of the Committee, supported by a team of consultants and advisers on specialised topics such as bells, brasses, clocks, lighting, organs and trees.

Caring for church buildings is a great challenge for churchwardens and PCCs. The DAC provides advice, support, and encouragement at all stages of projects, from initial thoughts, through fundraising and making a faculty application, to completion, whether it be quinquennial repairs, reordering, or a new extension, whether on a small or large scale. As well as producing guidance notes and other published material (see below), the DAC and its consultants are happy to visit parishes to offer their expertise and experience – the earlier in the process, the better.

DAC Design Awards Scheme 2024

The DAC administers the Design Awards Scheme, which recognises excellence in design and craftsmanship, and to encourage the commissioning of individual designs rather than resorting to standard catalogue items. The scheme applies to everything which requires faculty consent, from small items such as candlesticks and light fittings, to stained glass, memorials, sculpture, paintings, furniture, etc., through to reordering schemes, whole building developments, cremated-remains areas in churchyards, or tree planting project

See which churches received our Highly Commended Design Awards in 2017.

See which churches received Design Awards in 2019

See which churches received Design Awards in 2022 

Applications for 2024 scheme.  Projects completed between 1st January 2022 and 31st December 2023 will be accepted. If you would like to enter the 2024 Design Awards you can either email the DAC Office  for an application form..

OR on-line by clicking button below

Entry for 2024 Design Awards Scheme will be open November 2023

Useful Links

For further information, please contact the DAC Secretary, Sandra Turner - 01245 294423, DAC Assistant Joanne Beaumont - 01245 294413 or follow the links below:

To submit an application to the DAC you need to register to the On-line Faculty System and upload applications. HERE  

Risk Assessment of your church 

Other Links 


The following websites also contain useful information and advice:

For more information please contact Sandra Turner
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